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Video: How To: Design An Easy to Transport Foliage Wall

Amanda Thomas - Tuesday, June 12, 2018
Video Summary written for Pioneer Imports & Wholesale by: Lisa B.

Foliage walls are a high-demand accessory for good reason. They’re fantastic for display backdrops, photography projects, and general set pieces. Any business that invests in a permanent botanical wall is sure to find reasons to use it again and again.

The problem is that these bulky items can be difficult to store and transport. But this video offers a solution! Take a few minutes to follow Vonda LaFever AIFD, PFCI, CFD in this step-by-step video walkthrough to see how to build an artificial foliage wall that is easy to pack away and transport anywhere.  

This tutorial does require a small amount of woodworking ability. But once the frame is prepared, the rest of the work is all design. Pioneer Imports & Wholesale carries all the permanent botanicals used in this video – you can find these silk plants, and many others, available through the Pioneer catalog.  

Construction begins with a 4x8’ sheet of plywood or melamine cut into four 2x4’ pieces. These individual 2x4’ pieces are easy to carry and transport, but the finished construction still makes a huge impression. Once the pieces arrive at their destination, reassembling is simply a matter of using an electric screwdriver to fasten the sections together.

Vonda begins by describing the construction of the frame, ordinary 2x4” studs that have been prepared by routing a simple dado channel down the center. The melamine panels will fit right into this slot. Next, take a 1”-thick piece of Styrofoam and glue to the melamine board – the permanent botanicals will slide directly into the foam to make an easy silk plant arrangement. 

If desired, you can even attach Styrofoam to the other side of the frame as well. This is ideal for situations where customers may see both sides of the construction, easy to enjoy from every angle. Painting the Styrofoam surface a subdued green color is a smart way to disguise any gaps in the silk foliage. 

Vonda uses a variety of permanent botanicals from Pioneer Imports & Wholesale. She makes this project even easier by preparing each plant beforehand, removing the leaves so they can be inserted individually. Vonda uses a bolt cutter to snip the sturdier stems. 

Cutting the stems at an angle allows for direct insertion into the Styrofoam. Vonda notes that she rarely needs to use glue for this type of project because the stems stay in place so well. 

Vonda begins with silk coleus in pink and green, filling in an entire corner. She then moves onto a plant with smaller leaves in a subdued burgundy and cream. Large silk dieffenbachia leaves fill in a generous portion – Vonda inserts each at different angles for a more realistic look. Small silk leaves in a streaky cream and green covers the remaining corner.  

Next, Vonda begins to add layering. She starts with silk pepper tree branches before moving onto sprays of hanging artificial succulents. This process continues with the other portions of the panel, taking care to align the silk plant sections so the entire construction will look like one continuous piece once assembled. 

The result is impressive. After moving outside, Vonda displays all four panels attached together. She explains how to use long screws to connect each panel, easy to remove for disassembly. The feet are made from simple shelf brackets – simply add potted plants to prevent customers from tripping over the legs if the path of foot traffic will cross too closely. 

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